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Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009

Part of Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 12th May 2009.

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Photo of Brian Binley Brian Binley Conservative, Northampton South 6:45 pm, 12th May 2009

It is. We should recognise that the seniority to which I referred was with regard to pecking order, rather than anything else. I welcome the general thrust of the hon. Gentleman's proposal; there is a need for a more graded relationship to corporate taxation, particularly for micro-companies. He has the good will of the Committee in this respect, and I hope that the Government will take that on board. The proposal does need defining further; introducing rateable value creates a more clumsy arrangement when matters need to be simplified.

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